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Razer Enables 8000Hz Polling For Wireless Mice Through Firmware Update

by Low Boon ShenNovember 7, 2023
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Razer Enables 8000Hz Polling For Wireless Mice Through Firmware Update

Razer Enables 8000Hz Polling For Wireless Mice Through Firmware Update

If you happen to own one of the five high-end wireless mice from Razer, there’s good news for you: the company is delivering firmware updates to Viper V2 Pro, Viper V3 HyperSpeed, DeathAdder V3 Pro, Basilisk V3 Pro, and Cobra Pro to enable 8000Hz polling rate, achieving feature parity with the wired counterparts. Previously, only the uber-expensive, limited-edition Razer Viper Mini Signature Edition had this feature baked in.

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In case you didn’t know what “polling rate” is, here’s a quick explainer: This term indicates the number of times a peripheral (mouse in this case) reports its movements and position to the PC, and a typical non-gaming mouse usually sticks with 125Hz. Virtually all gaming mice however stick to 1000Hz, with a select few models pushing beyond this limit for maximum precision and minimum jitter. However, such high polling rates do come at a cost of CPU time, so it’s not commonly used except in competitive scenarios.

If you intend to get this upgrade, be aware that you’ll need a special dongle or dock from Razer to make this work. This will involve the Razer HyperPolling Wireless Dongle (works on all five models), or if you own the Basilisk V3 Pro and Cobra Pro – the Razer Mouse Dock Pro. The company says this is done by “firmware optimizations and protocol updates”, with no hardware-level changes needed.

Pokdepinion: Could we go beyond 8000Hz at this point? It’s probably unlikely to bring any benefits at that point. 

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